Edited by James Boswell, the younger, to whom Malone left his materials for a new edition (Malone's first edition appeared in 1790 in 10 vols.) "'Boswell's Malone' is generally known as the 'third variorum' edition of Shakespeare". cf. Dict. nat. biog., v. 35, p. 437
Vol. 1. Prolegomena: Advertisement to the present edition, by Boswell; A biographical memoir of Edmond Malone, by Boswell; Pope's preface; Theobald's preface; Sir Thomas Hanmer's preface; Dr. Warburton's preface; Dr. Johnson's preface; Steevens's advertisement, 1766; Capell's introduction; Steevens's, 1790; Steevens's advertisement, 1793; Reed's advertisement, 1803; Steevens's advertisement, 1803; Preface to Richardson's proposals; Richardson's proposals and supplement; Dr. Farmer on the learning of Shakspeare; Appendix to Colman's translation of Terence; Ancient translations from classical authors; List of detached criticisms on Shakspeare, &c. Shakspeare, Ford and Jonson; Rowe's life of Shakspeare; Additional anecdotes; Commendatory poems on Shakspeare; Essay on phraseology and metre -- v. 2. Prolegomena (cont'd.): Malone's life of Shakspeare, comprehending an essay on the chronological order of his plays; Appendix; Shakspeare's coat of arms; Conveyance from Walker to Shakspeare; Shakspeare's mortgage; Declaration of trust, by Heminge, &c.; Shakspeare's will; Extracts from Stratford register; Entries on the stationers' books; List of the early editions of Shakspeare; Dedication of the players, 1623; Preface of the players; Modern editions; Plays ascribed to Shakspeare; Plays altered from Shakspeare; Character of Aubrey, the antiquary -- v. 3. Prolegomena (cont'd): Malone's history of the stage; Additions from Henslowe's register; Additions by Steevens; Appendix from Malone's papers; Further account of the stage, from Chalmers; Addenda from the same; Markland's dissertation on the Chester mysteries -- v. 4. Two gentlemen of Verona; Comedy of errors; Love's labour's lost -- v. 5. Merchant of Venice; Midsummer night's dream; Taming the shrew -- v. 6. Romeo and Juliet; As you like it -- v. 7. Much ado about nothing; Hamlet -- v. 8. Merry wives of Windsor; Troilus and Cressida -- v. 9. Measure for measure; Othello -- v. 10. King Lear; All's well that ends well -- v. 11. Twelfth night; Macbeth -- v. 12. Julius Caesar; Antony and Cleopatra -- v. 13. Cymbeline; Timon of Athens -- v. 14. Coriolanus; Winter's tale -- v. 15. Tempest; King John; Essay on The tempest -- v. 16. Richard II; Henry IV, pt. I -- v. 17. Henry IV, pt. II; Henry V -- v. 18. Henry VI, pt. I-III; Malone's dissertation -- v. 19, Richard III; Henry VIII -- v. 20. Venus and Adonis; Rape of Lucrece; Sonnets; Lover's complaint; Passionate pilgrim; Memoirs of Lord Southampton -- v. 21. Pericles; Titus Andronicus; Addenda; Indexes
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Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy bound by Samuel Moore, of Philadelphia, in green morocco panelled in gilt with the spines likewise decorated. The armorial bookplate of the Barton Library is present on the front pastedowns. At the front of vol. 1 is a letter ( p.) from Boswell to the English antiquary John Britton regarding Britton's criticisms of Boswell
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Boswell, James, 1778-1822, editor; Rowe, Nicholas, 1674-1718, author of introduction; Farmer, Richard, 1735-1797, author of introduction; Steevens, George, 1736-1800, author of introduction; Capell, Edward, 1713-1781, author of introduction; Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784, author of introduction; Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744, author of introduction; Malone, Edmond, 1741-1812, author of introduction; Moore, Samuel, fl.1821-1842, binder; Barton, Thomas Pennant, 1803-1869, former owner